of, like, or characteristic of a dictator; tyrannical; domineering
- Tending to tell others what to do in an presumptuous manner.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a dictator or dictatorship; autocratic.
dictatorial authoritarian dogmatic doctrinaire imperious overbearing
These adjectives mean asserting or tending to assert one's authority or to impose one's will on others. Dictatorial stresses the highhanded, peremptory manner characteristic of a dictator: ordered the staff about in her usual dictatorial manner. Authoritarian implies the expectation of unquestioning obedience: the timid child of authoritarian parents. Dogmatic suggests the imposing of one's will or opinion as though these were beyond challenge: “When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic” (John Kenneth Galbraith). Doctrinaire implies the imposition of one's theories, beliefs, or doctrines: “They didn't know the facts . . . and I don't think it would've mattered in the slightest if they had. Very doctrinaire” (George V. Higgins). Imperious suggests the arrogant manner of one accustomed to commanding: dismissed my opinion with an imperious gesture. Overbearing implies a tendency to be oppressively or rudely domineering: an overbearing customer demanding to see the manager.